Fishes are not the easiest subjects for photography. After all, you need an underwater camera, a tank of air, and a lot of patience to get any decent photos. This is probably why it took one photographer several years to perfect his craft. Needless to say, all the hard work has paid off because his photos of microscopic plankton are beyond stunning.
Ryo Minemizu is an underwater photographer who has been taking pictures of marine life for more than 20 years. In order to capture images of tiny creatures, Minemizu developed Black Water Dive, a type of night diving that uses underwater lights to lure the plankton out into activity. As you can see in all the amazing photos below, his method absolutely worked!
The pictures allow us to get a closer look at microscopic underwater critters.
The underwater lights also allow Minemizu to see his tiny subjects in the dark.
Minemizu takes pictures of the marine life in the sea of Osezaki near Mount Fuji in Japan. Although he has taken pictures for scientific purposes, the photographer admits that the tiny underwater critters are his true inspiration.
“Plankton are intriguing and beautiful creatures. They symbolize how precious life is by their tiny existence. I wanted other people to see them as they are in the sea – that was my motivation for beginning to shoot plankton underwater, which is quite a challenge.”
Minemizu says that “most plankton are so small and their movements are hard to predict.”
“I have devoted my past 20 years to presenting their tiny figures, colors and textures to capture their vivid beauty,” he writes.
Minemizu intends to keep photographing plankton in an effort to educate people about the tiny creatures.
“The diversity of life is immense, but people only see part of it. Even after 20 years of diving and photographing, I am surprised by new discoveries each time I dive. I believe it is my mission to share these discoveries and wonders with as many people as possible. And as an underwater photographer, I take pride in presenting to the audience how dear and precious life is.”
Minemizu won the Grand Prix at the 5th Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award in 2016.
The photographer says he will continue taking photos of marine creatures to spread awareness about their beauty.
You can find Minemizu’s works in his website or you can follow his official Instagram account @seacam1970 to see more stunning pictures.
8 Real-Life Settings Of Famous Paintings
Prepare to be amazed!
Are you a fan of art? Have you ever wondered what it was like creating some of the world's most beautiful paintings?
Here are 8 real-life settings of famous paintings that will probably make you appreciate art even more. These places have inspired some of the world’s most renowned artists such as Grant Wood, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Edvard Munch.
1. Le Café La Nuit (Café Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh)
Artist’s Unique Paintings Capture Twinkling Blurry Beads Of City Lights At Night
These are unique and beautiful.
Philip Barlow is an artist from Cape Town, South Africa. His latest paintings depict out-of-focus cityscapes at night, capturing the twinkling blurry beads of light.
The artist’s incredible series, simply titled "Night," comprises a collection of “out-of-focus” city scenes overlaid with flourishes of colorful, confetti-like blurs of neon light. In photography, this effect is called bokeh.
Resembling the photographic effect, bokeh, Barlow celebrates “light” as his main subject.
Filipino Artist Makes Dreamy Portraits Of Popular Characters
These are beautiful!
Abigail Diaz, mostly known as Serafleur on social media, is a self-taught artist from the Philippines. She’s been drawing since childhood and was influenced by video games and anime.
In 2011 she started designing digital art and in time gained credit for her works and a following. Currently, Abigail has close to 400k fans on Instagram and her followers are growing fast. Take a look at some of her amazing portraits below.